Thursday, October 05, 2006
Have you ever seen an earwig fly?
Let's revisit the house spider that lives just to the right of my front door. Last time, she had caught a stink bug. Which was a little weird since, while adult stink bugs fly, they don't fly onto the porch often. I figure the drama must have happened at night, with the bug having been attracted to the porch light but getting caught up in the webs instead.
These spiders are noted for their ability to prey upon creatures much larger than themselves that become snared in their messy webs. This time the house spider has captured a large, adult european earwig, forficula auricularia. These earwigs do have wings, but they seldom fly. A little front porch mystery ensues: The spider's lair is about 6 feet up and 8 feet away from the nearest typical earwig habitat (moist detritus near tasty tender plants). Did this earwig crawl at least that far over vertical and horizontal concrete surfaces to the spider's web, OR did it take a rare chance at flying, only to waste it on an unfortunate meeting with the house spider to the right of my front door?
Meanwhile, the spider has produced an egg sac (recycled stink bug?). More to come as this drama continues.